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The head of the Rapid Equipping Force has requested that a non-lethal, counter-personnel directed-energy weapon be rushed to the field to support military operations in Iraq.
In a memorandum to the deputy undersecretary of defense for advanced system and concepts, Army Col. Robert Lovett, the project manager for the Rapid Equipping Force, requested that activities related to the Active Denial System 1 advanced concept technology demonstration be suspended and redirected to support immediate deployment of the technology to Iraq.
A copy of the memo, obtained by Inside the Army, says that Col. James Brown, commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade, has requested ADS to help “suppress” insurgent attacks and quell prison uprisings.
“System 1 capabilities have, to date, been sufficiently demonstrated in the ACTD to prove its value to the solider,” Lovett says in the Oct. 11 document. “System 1 current operating constraints can be mitigated if used in Iraq during the November through March time frame without modification.
“Furthermore, with modifications, System 1 could be enhanced to allow its use in spring and summer months as well,” he added.
ADS, under the management of the the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, works by using a transmitter that produces an energy frequency of 95 GHz and an antenna to direct an invisible beam at a target. Once the energy reaches the subject, the light beam penetrates the skin by less than 1/64th of an inch. Within seconds, the target experiences an intolerable heating sensation. The sensation would stop if the target moves or the system is turned off.
During two military utility assessments conducted by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center -- the first conducted in early August at Creech AFB, NV, and the second in mid-September at Ft. Benning, GA -- more than 2,370 ADS shots were fired in a variety of simulated operational scenarios, according to Maj. Gabrielle Chapin, spokeswoman for the directorate.
Originally posted by NWguy83
Maybe you should've read my post before commenting... Just a thought.
There's no doubt this oversized ray gun can deliver the heat. The question is, how soon can the weapon, which neither kills nor maims, be delivered to Iraq?
What the troops may see as needless delays, Pentagon officials view as necessary steps toward fielding a weapon never used before in combat. The device, known as the Active Denial System, uses energy beams instead of bullets and lets soldiers break up unruly crowds without guns.